Saturday, May 30, 2009
X is for Xanthippe
Ever wonder what the wives of prominent men are like? Ever wonder if they are fun or grave, high spirited or melencolly, introvert or extrovert? Ever wonder what they look like? Ever wonder why that prominant man picked that particular woman to be his wife? Ever wonder why we don't hear more about these women—especially ones from history? I do. Often. It's been my experience that behind most every man there is a woman. While one might could even go so far as to say that behind every good man there is a good woman, and behind every bad man there is a bad woman, the truth is that is not always the case. History is resplendent with stories of vile men with shirking wives, or tyrants with long-suffering wives. Likewise I'm sure that there are just as many stories of valiant men with shrewish wives, or kindhearted leaders with bitter hags. But whatever the case behind the men are their woman, and with their women come a part of the puzzle which helps shape and explain who they are as vile tyrants or valiant leaders.
So go, find out who she was and how she stood by her man.